Office of Local Sustainability

Members of the Village Conservation Group in Bangladesh meeting to discuss their conservation goals
Members of the Village Conservation Group in Bangladesh meeting to discuss their conservation goals
USAID IPAC

“The Journey to Self-Reliance begins with Locally Led Development.”
– Administrator Mark Green

VISION

USAID’s Office of Local Sustainability (E3/LS) leads the Agency’s work on locally led development. Partnering directly with local leaders, networks, and institutions better enables and empowers communities to respond to complex development challenges with smarter, more resilient, and home-grown solutions.

MISSION

E3/LS aligns its work with that of the entire Agency - and the broader development community - to inform flexible programming and operations that prioritize locally led development. 

E3/LS’ client-centered approach is helping USAID Missions to: leverage local capacities and resources; engage with local systems in ways that build upon and strengthen local leadership, capacity, and self-reliance; and be inclusive of marginalized populations.

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PRINCIPLES OF LOCALLY LED DEVELOPMENT

  • Listen to Local Actors
  • Understand Local Systems
  • Be Patient
  • Support Local Leadership
  • Experiment, Learn, and Share

Read more about E3/LS’ Locally Led Development Principles.

PROGRAMS AND MECHANISMS

E3/LS’ portfolio includes four programs operating around the world and in all sectors in support of locally led development:

  • Local Works, the Office’s flagship program, enhances USAID’s ability to empower local actors to take the lead in identifying and addressing development challenges, by supporting Missions with flexible resources that allow them to innovate and experiment.
  • The Cooperative Development Program harnesses U.S. cooperatives and cooperative development expertise to advance locally led development objectives.
  • The Small Project Assistance (SPA) program, a partnership with U.S. Peace Corps, supports grassroots community development.
  • Several Co-Created Research Initiatives are generating evidence and learning to inform the way the Agency and the broader development community thinks about and operationalizes locally led development.

E3/LS also manages two global mechanisms to support locally led development: the Locally Led Development Annual Program Statement (APS) and the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Locally Led Development Innovation.

AREAS OF OPERATION

WORKING WITH THE OFFICE OF LOCAL SUSTAINABILITY

Local actors become self-reliant when they lead their own development.
Local actors become self-reliant when they lead their own development.

Learn more about locally led development and partnership opportunities with E3/LS.

For more information, please contact E3/LS at localsustainability@usaid.gov 

Last updated: December 02, 2019

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